Happy Tuesday, and I hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend.  Have you ever had one of those times where you keep trying to find the right composition at the right moment, but each time you set up you wish you had stayed in the spot you were just in?  That’s how my morning on Plum Island went this past weekend.  Each time I moved from the wide angle shots of the boardwalk and sky to some abstract shots of the waves and sand, and vice versa, the lighting conditions kept making me wish I stayed put.   Finally, long after the sun had risen, the light and the clouds conspired together and presented me with this shot.   As for processing, I blended two exposures – one of the boardwalk and grass, and one of the sky – in PS to balance the contrast of the scene.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 24 mm, 2 exposures blended in PS

For today’s post we go back to Martha’s Vineyard once again.  This is Edgartown Light, which I’ve shot countless times before.  One of the great things about this lighthouse is that it’s ok to shoot it countless times because it provides so many angles, compositions, points of view, etc.  You can shoot it tight, or use the many opportunities to create a wide angle shot with a foreground interest.  Or you can try some combination of these or anything else that works for you.  For this particular shot, I chose a mid-range shot using the water and the sky to frame the lighthouse.  The smooth streak in the middle of  the water is the current flowing through from the other side of the jetty.  Although the horizon is smack dab in the middle of the shot, I still think it works.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/16, 70mm, 15 seconds

It’s a quick post for today with a visit back to my trip to Martha’s Vineyard last fall.  For this shot I tried some brackets for an HDR shot as well as some long exposures, but wasn’t happy with the results.  After much playing around, I ended up blending one of the brackets with one of the long exposures to get the look I wanted.  I’m still working on my masking skills, but certainly had fun working on this image.  It’s something I definitely plan to keep on practicing.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 18mm, 2 exposures blended in CS5

Today’s post is another image from my trip up to Rockport, MA in late November.  As it was my first time there, I was trying a variety of different angles and perspectives on Motif #1, the famous fishing shack you see in the background.  When I was done, I came home and started reviewing the shots to see how I did.  I immediately processed the shots I thought were keepers, and left the majority of them for another time.  

So I was revisiting these shots the other day, and when I saw this one, I was so glad I had hung on to the non-keepers.  I immediately saw something in the original files this time around which I hadn’t seen before, and processed it with that vision in mind.  You hear it all the time, but there’s definitely something to be said about coming back to images a while after you shoot them.  You’re almost guaranteed to see something different the second or third time around.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/13, 29mm, 3 brackets

I thought I’d post something a bit different today.  This is a crop from a much larger image where the clouds were really the only appealing part of the shot.  They had such a nice watercolor feel to them that I thought they warranted their own post here on the blog.  Of course had I known how the image was going to turn out, I would have slapped on the telephoto lens so I could’ve obtained more detail instead of needing so much cropping.  Oh well… lesson learned.   This isn’t the typical type of image for me, and I’d be interested in your thoughts on this one.  Thanks.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/4.5, 70mm, 1/1250 second